Please give a moment of silence to the victim of a recent tragedy: The Boston Globe. They are the victim of “censorship.” An innocent media vilified and banned for doing nothing other than it’s job…reporting the *cough* news.
Do we live in a world where the very fabric of the term ‘freedom of the press’ is slowly dying and withering away like The Boston Globe’s newspaper sales?
The journalists and pundits band together to say: No more! This is more than a business! This is more than hot takes and clickbait! This is about the very freedom of our democracy!
You shall not ban us!
All this for a photograph opportunity at private charity event, not a journalistic news story.
But let’s pretend for a moment that charities and fund raisers across the country have never banned media access to their events, which of course, is quite common and legal. Let’s imagine they don’t invite certain media and deny others for the sole purpose of positive promotion of their charity…which is basically the whole purpose of their PR and marketing strategy. Nothing new here, folks.
Whether or not you believe the decision by Best Buddies not to invite the Globe to their charity event was a bad PR move, that is a whole other issue. Perhaps they didn’t wish to have a Boston Globe photographer take pictures of their event only to be later used in another passive aggressive hit piece on their charity in which nothing illegal occurred.
Or we could ask why the Boston Globe showed up when they weren’t invited to begin with.
But let’s put all those facts aside, and make this about the fundamentals of journalistic respect and integrity…something many at the Globe, and some other media pundits are rallying for.
How can you be okay with banning media? Freedom of the press!
Let us put our laughter aside for a brief moment and seriously respond to this heartfelt patriotic cry for The Boston Globe:
There was a time such rhetoric would have touched the hearts of many. A time we would have stood by the press and it’s noble pursuits.
A time we imagine that journalistic ethics was at the center of the stories it covered. A time when they cared more about getting it right than getting it out first.
When they got a story wrong, there were consequences….a breach of trust between reader and reporter.
Where are those consequences today?
We live in a world now where false reporting isn’t always acknowledged, but instead ignored as if it never happened. Where an “opps, my bad” is supposed to be a good enough excuse instead of the learning experience it should be.
A world where clicks and sensationalized headlines are more important than unbiased objectivity and truth.
Which is a shame for the good journalists who still exist and actually deserve recognition.
So, forgive me if I don’t completely back all “serious” media, reporters, and journalists. That trust was broken long before the likes of Donald Trump and his “fake news” spiel.
As much as I still believe in freedom of the press, I equally believe in ethical journalism. Without the latter, the former is nothing more than pointless trolling, propaganda, entertainment and/or bullshit.
As my grandmother used to say, “You reap what you sow.”
If The Boston Globe wants to be taken seriously, then perhaps they should be more worried about accountability than playing the victim card for clicks.